Large Scale Composting
I worked at a summer camp here in Alberta, Canada a little while ago, and they are really into recycling and protecting the environment, but they have a problem: we haven’t been able to find any way to compost — and at a summer camp, there is a ton of daily food waste.
The problem is that the camp is situated in a forest, and it seems like there is no feasible way to have a large enough composting system, without completely upsetting the natural ecosystem. Does anyone have any ideas?
Thanks so much!
What if you compost in altitude ? With tanks of 200 liter you can make some towers, but you have to be careful with the height, if they have too much weight they would fall..
hello, you can use a biogas generator see also:
Composting silos are used in agriculture. Might be a bit overkill, but you get the idea.
Just pile it up add worms (lots of worms) woodchips/sawdust water and a decent amount of chickens.
Eventually build a sunroof over it to generate more heat.
The woodchips and water get the composting process going. (molds start to grow nd the rotting kicks in.
The worms eat the rotten stuff and poop out the stuf that makes good compost
Compost also needs oxigen and calcium, this is where the chickens come in.
As the rotting attracts a lot of bugs those bugs are what chickens like to snack on. The chickens start scratching and digging in the compost heap, and that ads oxigen to the compost and the chickens poop out a manure that has a lot of calcuim in it
Then once a day you need to rebuild the heap when you add new food waste, plant materials and water
Once you figured out the correct balance you have enough food to feed the chickens and you don’t need to feed any grains at all. (IF you get that balance right)
I think this is the best way to do large scale composting, and it gives you a lot of great eggs for free.
Hope you can make this work for your project.
i am a permaculture farmer and teacher. about compost what is really your issues? sounds like you want do something with the waste of food but how? right.
– so yes chickens will be a good idea.
– or learn how to do a good compost (how need time and practice…) but anyone can get there.. 🙂
you are talking about food waste right..
so first make a good compost it’s like cooking it’s an art. you need to get the right ingrediens and the right ratio of them for make a good compost.
the 3 elements you work with are :
– carbon (everything brown material, dead leaves, hay, dry yellow grass, news paper, carboard..)
– nitrogen (green element, food waste, fresh grass, green freshly cut)
and -manure (any poo, urine from animals, but no human manure..)
Then you have hight nitrogen who is urine, some plante like neetles, comfrey or dead animals (mouse, rabit..) than can speed up the prosses. put in the middle and it give a kick to your compost.
and you need water.
when you get all of that who is every where around, in a good ratio, 1/3 for brown/green/manure you can create a good compost…
leaving waste food on a pile it’s never gona to work well, it’s gona to smell, be roten and that’s not compost. a good compost need to be aérobic, so the bacteria can devellope and grow and slowly decompost the element.
so you need air, water, carbon and nitrogen all this element creat the good condition for microorganism to devellope and by their activity they create a heat and decompost the pile. compost it’s not only worm…
or you can also do a worm farm how it’s an other technic…
you build a big box diferent layer (most importante a hole in the botom for exece of water (reusse this worm juice for garden, supa fertiliser!! ) or you recycing a bath or you by big bucket depent what you can get…
you put some soil and cow manure (poo) and you will get worms,or you had worms small one (the one you want for the food waste. always cover with a fabric, had some water (not to much) feed the worms every day.. do many box as you need.
how to make compost : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf6CGj7xpFE
worm bin compost or worms farm : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeJML_oE9Mo
Have fun !
Thanks for all the input! The biggest problem with composting in the middle of a forest is to make a system that is big enough to sustain the whole camp (in the summer and winter), but at the same time not being too invasive in the surrounding environment. Chickens and worms could work effectively, but would become a dinnerplate for the entire forest, and Silos could work well without being accessible to wildlife, but may be too large and bulky to install and sustain. Mérci to rame for the clarification on how composting is done.
Unfortunately, I am no longer in a position to make changes at the camp myself (having moved 3500 km away), but I’ll send this thread to leaders there.
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